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Mr. Scalise was one of four people shot Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.

A gunman who opened fire Wednesday at the Republicans' practice session for the Congressional Baseball Game legally purchased the handgun and a rifle found at the scene, police said. "Capitol police and emergency responders reacted swiftly and courageously - we are grateful for their presence".

On a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., there was a symbolic gathering of Democrats and Republicans that discarded all partisanship and came together as "Team Scalise".

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern IL congressman hard.

Scalise's alma mater reportedly helped make the tribute at the game possible.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava speaks during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexa.

Historically the game brings an intense political rivalry onto the baseball field and this year will be no different.

Ticket sales to the game soared to a rate of 500 per hour on Thursday, and more than 18,000 tickets had been sold before noon Thursday, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported.

"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

President Donald Trump shared a message Thursday night prior to the Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park, saying the fact that the game was still being played was sending a message to the world "that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy". The third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, Scalise had been an avid player since his election to Congress in 2008.

His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents. Democrats were on a winning streak for several years before the Republicans won the last game in a squeaker, 8-7.

Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, players on both teams wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, for part of the game. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.

Another attendee, Dana Moore, said, "I'm tried of seeing all the division and everything".

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